InclusAbility initiative to host series of educational events and forums throughout 2020

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Vanderbilt’s InclusAbility initiative is expanding its offerings in 2020 through a series of monthly events and programs to engage community members across the university.

Led by the Office for Inclusive Excellence and in collaboration with several campus and community partners, InclusAbility will provide three interactive and educational programs in spring 2020. The programs aim to highlight specific strengths and challenges for individuals with disabilities, to create a forum for education and to address the marginalization of individuals with disabilities and to recognize the disability community as an important facet of diversity.

The spring 2020 programs include:

Deaf Awareness and Culture 101 | Jan. 28 | 2–3 p.m. | Alumni Hall 206

Mike Helms, vice president of adult education and outreach for Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will give a workshop on awareness for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. The workshop will offer tips for communicating and working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training includes an overview of:

  • Deaf and hard of hearing cultural awareness
  • American Sign Language
  • Modes of communication
  • Strategies for working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Working with a sign language interpreter
  • Deaf and hard of hearing ADA guide for government services
  • Steps in obtaining interpreting services

Confirm your attendance: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/event/5180687

Autism 101 | Feb. 25 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Alumni Hall 206

Autism Tennessee will give an interactive presentation providing an overview of autism spectrum disorders. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Accurately define ASD
  • Identify at least five common characteristics of individuals with ASD
  • Identify at least three areas of global functioning that may be impacted by ASD
  • Name at least three myths associated with ASD

Following the Autism Tennessee workshop, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation will give a brief presentation.

The Basics of Behavior, presented by Autism Tennessee | March 10 | 1–3:15 p.m. | Alumni Hall 206

Autism Tennessee will host an interactive presentation providing an overview of the basic principles of behavior, including helpful information for incorporating optimal classroom arrangements and tools for unique learners with ASD. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the ABCs of behavior
  • List at least three functions of behavior
  • Define Sensory Processing Dysfunction/Disorder
  • Name at least three classroom supports that are beneficial for most students with ASD
  • Following the Autism Tennessee workshop, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation will give a brief presentation.

Light refreshments will be provided at all of the programs. To learn more about InclusAbility or how to get involved, visit the initiative website.